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Welcome to my tour stop for THE ROSE GARDEN TOUR for
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
by Heidi Ashworth
Roses in the Miss Delecourt Series
It all begins when the Dowager Duchess of Marcross sends her grandson, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, to accompany her niece, Miss Ginny Delacourt, to their country estate to check on the roses. The Dowager is concerned since her neighbor is keen on stealing cuttings from her spectacular rose garden for Rosehaven, his rose-inspired country home. On the way, they have a carriage accident and are held up by highwaymen but it isn’t until they are quarantined at Rosehaven for the pox that Ginny’s and Sir Anthony’s love begins to bloom.
Thus the series begins…
Heidi Ashworth, the author, has a beautiful rose garden and each stop is showcasing one of her roses. Here is mine:
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
(Miss Delacourt #6)
by Heidi Ashworth
Adult Historical Romance
Ebook, 274 pages
April 24th 2014 by Dunhaven Place Publishing
Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and his friend, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, make a pact to avoid the fair sex during the course of an entire season in order to nurse their wounded hearts. As they shake hands on it, they have no idea that one would soon be off on a trip to escort a young lady to the country and the other soon to fall head over heels in love with Miss Elizabeth Armistead. Sadly, Miss Armistead is only interested in those she trusts not to become so besotted with her beauty that they cannot see her true self. Prior to meeting Colin, she had only met one man fitting that description and she has promised to be his bride. However, Mr. Cruikshank is not due to arrive in London for a full month. Can Colin convince Miss Armistead that he loves her for more than her beauty before her betrothed’s ship arrives on British shores?
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Heidi Ashworth, author of the popular Miss Delacourt series, including the award-winning Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, is a busy wife and mother who’s grateful for a bit of peace and quiet in which to write. An unapologetic anglophile, she is determined to return to England to see the home of Jane Austen, a landmark she missed during her first trip across the pond, though she knows Lord Byron’s house to be a suitable substitute. She’s smitten with books, chocolate, and roses, not necessarily in that order, and is never averse to a round of Guitar Hero.
Please tell us a little bit about you.
I am a wife and mother of three children around whom my life revolves. I also have a garden that keeps me pretty busy this time of year. I love to fill my day with my husband, children, roses and my stories. I am not a morning person but, still, there are some days when I feel so lucky to have the life that I do that I want to pinch myself before I even get out of bed.
Why did you choose to pursue the art of writing?
I was very young when I decided that I wanted to be a writer. I read Little Women about 12 times between the ages of 7 and 12 and I am sure that had a huge influence on me. I wanted to BE Jo Alcott.
What was the inspiration for Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice?
I knew that I wanted my next book to be set in Miss Delacourt’s world. I had just finished writing The Lord Who Sneered and found myself wondering what happened to a gentleman to whom Julian, Lord Trevelin briefly refers. This gentleman had been engaged and found it necessary to break the engagement, something that was rarely done by the male in the regency period. I wondered what happened to him and decided to make him the friend of Sir Anthony (the hero in my first two books) which made it possible to go back to the beginning of our association with Sir Anthony and Miss Delacourt and have some fun with that. The theme of the book, that of how our appearance says nothing about who we are inside, is one that I touched on in The Lord Who Sneered and could not stop thinking about. This theme is pivotal to the plot of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
As usual, music and chocolate. However, I did experience writer’s block for the very first time ever with this book. I ended up sending each chapter as I wrote it to a friend who cheered me on. It was very helpful and I am very grateful.
Is there a singular character that really touched your heart and why?
The hero. It’s always the hero for me. If he doesn’t touch my heart, he isn’t a hero at all.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
Yes. Colin Lloyd-Jones, the hero of this book, has a sister named Analisa. She will get her own romance which will hopefully be out this time next year. I hope that Colin and Elizabeth will make an appearance but they will be setting sail for India shortly after their marriage—so we’ll see.
How has this story touched your life?
This book has been important to me for a number of reasons. It is my longest book and I spent less time writing it than any other. It is also, I believe, my best written book. It is not as laugh out loud funny as some of my others, but I really enjoyed writing a story that is more emotionally deep through-out. It feels good to grow as a writer and I hope I never stop.
– US Grand Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
– 3 ebooks of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (US and open INT to these countries: England, Canada, Belguim, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Italy, France, Japan, and Australia)
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5/18 – Launch
5/25 – Grand Finale